Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Review: Between Two Thorns

 Between Two Thorns  
Author: Emma Newman
My Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD

Synopsis: Something is wrong in Aquae Sulis, Bath’s secret mirror city.

The new season is starting and the Master of Ceremonies is missing. Max, an Arbiter of the Split Worlds Treaty, is assigned with the task of finding him with no one to help but a dislocated soul and a mad sorcerer.

There is a witness but his memories have been bound by magical chains only the enemy can break. A rebellious woman trying to escape her family may prove to be the ally Max needs.

But can she be trusted? And why does she want to give up eternal youth and the life of privilege she’s been born into?

It's sad to say that a book didn't worked out for you. Unfortunately, Between Two Thorns gave me more confusion than enjoyment. It was sad because I was interested with this one right after I've read the synopsis on Goodreads.

The first chapter gave the right amount of suspense. What happened to Sam and his description about the weird people in the scene made me jump on board, but as the story progress I was lost within the plot. The changes of the scenes were the ones that made me feel off the most. The introduction of characters as the story progressed should be interesting but I found it bland instead. The part where these characters and their roles would finally make sense in a much bigger picture took so long to unfold. Although I think the author wanted to make the readers know more about them, it seems dragging and there were some unnecessary parts.

I was also first confused with Aquae Sulis, Bath, Mundanus and Nether until Cathy explained it to Sam. The problem is, her explanation came too late. I already read more than half of the book when I understood what these places meant.

At the end of the book, I really don't think the characters developed. They were just the same the moment I first read them and I am really disappointed with it. I was even expecting that at the last part of Will and Cathy would come to an agreement and maybe like each other eventually.

Based on it's ending, I am assuming that this would be a part of a trilogy or a series. And because last few parts were quite interesting, I wouldn't give up just yet. I just hope things would be so much better in the next books because the way it was written was actually good. Looking forward to an improved and well presented events in the future.


This copy was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my review in any way.


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